Where do we turn when we don’t know which way to walk, what path to follow, who to talk to? When someone you love is struggling with addiction we pull out whatever tools we have and go into attack mode to change them….or should we say….their behavior. How does this savior mindset impact our life, our relationships, our job, our marriage…our own existence? Where do we turn when the rehabs have not worked? The self-help books didn’t’ help? Where do we turn when we start to see everything fading away?
I have been walking this path alongside my beautiful son who has struggled with an opioid addiction for 17 years. I will share with you my own personal experience of navigating this journey as a mother, wife, friend, and now a therapist. I will walk with you as we enter the deep dark forest. Together we will find your strength, support, encouragement, and empowerment to hold yourself with grace as you navigate your own journey in this life of addiction.
More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.”
When we see this happen to a loved one, we do everything we can to help. But sometimes, our unconditional love simply isn’t enough.
Common signs of addiction include:
- Financially unpredictable, perhaps having large amounts of cash at times but no money at all at other times
- Changes in social groups, new and unusual friends, odd phone conversations
- Repeated unexplained outings, often with a sense of urgency
- Drug paraphernalia such as unusual pipes, cigarette papers, small weighing scales, etc.
- “Stashes” of drugs, often in small plastic, paper or foil packages
If your loved one comes to mind with any of the above symptoms and behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
I will address the symptoms of your loved one’s addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of their ongoing recovery.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with the goals and desires of your loved one, and ensure they can make the life changes they want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.
You Might Have These Questions...
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
What My Clients Say
“Jackie has been my therapist for years. During the course of that time, Jackie has helped shape me into the best version of myself by giving me nonjudgemental, problem solving, genuine advice. With still a long road to go, I find comfort in knowing I have Jackie as my therapist to help guide me through my life. I am grateful to call Jackie my therapist!”
“I found Jackie when I needed her most. She’s played a pivotal role in changing my life for the better. Her practical tools have shifted my mindset and allowed me to let go of what doesn’t serve me and move forward into joy. I have surpassed my expectations in my personal life and career at Fifth Hair Lounge & Beauty Bar. I owe so much of my success to Jackie. I am forever grateful.”
“Jackie has always done a tremendous job while helping me navigate through the toughest parts of each aspect of my life. She has consistently helped me with mental health issues, grief, and much more. Not only has she helped me in my own life, but she has also helped my entire family become closer to ourselves, as well as to each other!”